Short General Motors (GM)
continues to show signs of longer term moves to the downside as the Dow Jones Industrials
has become the first major index to give a sell signal. The Russell 2000
followed the Dow, the NASDAQ, and the S&P 500 giving a hold signal at the
end of last week. But now we have one of the major four indexes giving a sell
signal. I would look for areas to be short and stocks to sell to create a cash
position until the market improves.
that would be a good place to look for more downside movement is General Motors
(GM). With the high price of oil and the weak domestic economy, GM does not
look to improve its earnings potential quickly. Hitting a new 52 week low
today, the company fell 1% on a pretty decent day for equities and a day that
saw a reversal in oil from the current trend.
have decreased their earning expectations for the company in the current
quarter, the next quarter, this year and next year fairly aggressively over the
past 90 days. Once thought to be breaking even in the current quarter, now
analysts are expecting a 0.84 loss when the company reports next. Next quarter
has moved from an expected 0.14 cent loss to a 0.67 cent loss over the same 90
for GM has declined 42% in the last year and shorts have established a 17%
position of the stock’s float, anticipating further decline in price. Once a
big producer of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles the company is moving
to reduce plant utilization at two Michigan
plants that produce pickups due to a lack of demand. A decline in oil could
lead to some stabilizing of the stock in the near term but the long-term
picture looks worrisome for the auto-manufacturer.